Back in March of 2008, the world was treated to the news that Jim Henson’s Muppets would once more be starring in a feature film. 1999’s Muppets In Space was the last time we saw our favorite puppets on the big screen, and this latest flick seems to be a reflection of the times. The official title, The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made, was recently revealed at the Disney Expo — and some interesting plot lines, including one eco-related are being thrown about. From the article,
The title suggest that the project will use a concept that Jim Henson himself had in 1985 where Gonzo blows their movie’s entire budget on the opening sequence, thus leaving them with zero money for the rest of the production and forcing them to improvise. On the other hand, Segel revealed a while ago that his movie would be about the Muppets putting on a show to save a cherished old theater from being bought and destroyed by an oil tycoon who wants the oil pocket that sits under the building. There is always the chance that the original concept will be used with this premise and that their show will be done with no budget after it gets spent poorly.
Oil pocket under a theater? Might sound outlandish, but there’s some real world precedence here. Back in 1921, a building owner in Spokane, Washington discovered oil seeping through his basement floor. The black gold was of such quality, that the owner was able retrieve up to ten gallons daily at a profit of $3/gallon. In 1921 prices, that’s a handsome profit. There were even plans to drop a well next to the building in hopes of a giant oil pocket underneath — but that’s about where Google’s awesome powers of online microfiche end. Hopefully, the Muppets will avoid a takeover from Big Oil — but if the fur really flies, perhaps they can just sink their own well and stick it to the man.